Sunday, August 13, 2017

Road Less Traveled





Kate just finished up a 2 week mini-musical camp.  About 18 kids (ages 6-12) participated in this camp and at the end of the 2 weeks, each child got to perform their very own song, along with dancing and singing in other songs as well.  It was a ton of fun and Kate did an amazing job singing her "Road Less Traveled" song.

Thumbs Dance





Kate helped choreograph this dance to "Thumbs".  She was the best at the dance so she got to stand front and center.  She was not only the youngest in the dance but also the youngest choreographer of the entire musical.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy 13th Anniversary!

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary and we celebrated by taking a quick day trip to Monterey Bay for a whale watching tour yesterday.  Gramma and Papa watched the girls and puppy for us so we could drive down and back for this awesome experience.  We had an amazing trip, despite the endless hours of driving.

We are still a very happy couple after 13 years.  I love this guy so much!!!

On our way out of the harbor we saw a ton of sea lions lounging around.

We first spotted a pod of dolphins after 20 minutes of sailing.

There were about 5 dolphins. 

Next we saw an amazing and incredibly huge blue whale.  They are the largest known species to ever exist, getting as large as 90 feet long!!!
  






The humpback whales were incredible to see!  One was especially playful and breached 3 times for us!  It was an unforgettable sight!








There were 2 humpback whales playing next to each other.









At the very end of our tour we noticed a whole bunch of jelly fish swimming at the harbor as our boat docked. I have never seen jelly fish in the ocean before and they were quite amazing to see.  

This was by far one of the best trips I have taken with Will and very memorable with great pictures.  Happy Anniversary to us!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kate's 8th Birthday!

Our beautiful Kate turned 8 on July 23!  Kate has grown into such an amazing girl with a big heart, huge personality and the ability to shine in any situation.  We love her so much and thank God each and every day for blessing our lives with Kate-Kate.

Kate woke up at 6am on her birthday and quickly went right into opening presents.

Another Funko Pop....Kate's new obsession.

We gave Kate a loft bed for her birthday.  With this loft bed, she is excited for many sleepovers and secret hideouts.  My hope is to engineer a drape that can go around the top bunk so she and her friends can have a "clubhouse".  I will have to brainstorm ideas with my very handy husband.   

In the evening we celebrated Kate's birthday with homemade lasagna (Kate's request) and yummy cake.  Gramma and Papa joined us for this special dinner.



We love Papa and Gramma!
 And of course, Kate requested a silly picture.

The day before Kate's official birthday we hosted a party with her friends.  She had 4 friends come over for a fun-filled pool party.  We played pool games, did a scavenger hunt to the pinata and made ice cream sundaes.  It was an awesome party!

  





 Ping pong game (collect as many ping pong balls as possible)
 Inner tube races


  
Ball squirting races


Kate and her best friend, Camilla
(Camilla's family is from Italy and so we bought the girls matching Italy shirts.) 

Scavenger hunt...Will always makes the best clues!


 Pinata time


 Kate blew out her birthday candles in a pan of brownies, which we put at the bottom of the ice cream sundaes.

Yummy ice cream!

Happy friends

Goofy friends

Present time



Great party, wonderful birthday, tons of happy memories!